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A stellar assymbly of lots of today's so much artistic and entire storytellers has amassed round the tribal hearth to embroider well-worn yarns with new golden thread. Black Swan, White Raven revisits the stories that charmed, enthralled, and terrified us in our early adolescence - sporting us aloft into the fit, beating center of loved fantasy to inform once more the tales of Rumpelstiltskins and slumbering beauties, basically this time from an edgy, provocative and exceptionally grownup standpoint. the subjects and archetypes of our cherished youth fiction are reexamined in a darker gentle by way of 21 impressive teller of stories who deftly discover the ironic, the outrageous, the enigmatic and the erotic on the center of the world's best-known fables, whereas revealing the sobering truths and lies at the back of "happily ever after."
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